Classical Education Defined

NEOCA and the Classical Education Model


An American Classical Education equips students with the wisdom to distinguish the true, the good, and the beautiful while instilling in them a love and passion for lifelong learning and the pursuit of knowledge. NEOCA is a Hillsdale College Curriculum School.

More specifically:

“The American Classical Education consists of the curriculum taught according to the Trivium – grammar, logic, and rhetoric (the verbal arts of the trivium) which emphasizes that as children develop cognitively, they learn differently.  Then, as students advance, the mathematical arts of the Quadrivium are taught – arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy

American Classical Education recognizes that young children love to memorize and learn facts.  Thus, during elementary school students learn each subject’s grammar.  In middle school, students are more inquisitive, so the Classical style teaches logic to develop their ability to reason and discern truth.  Then, in high school, students develop a deeper sense of how they are perceived by others.  So, American Classical Education then places an emphasis on rhetoric where students learn to write and present their ideas persuasively and with confidence.

Thus, American Classical Education is traditional education based on seeking and discovering truth, goodness, and beauty.  This approach includes the study of Latin and teaches students how to learn and think for themselves.*”

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*Source: excerpted and reworked from Classical Academic Press and Heritage Classical Academy

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